Today when I visited the lovely mother of Abed at Sheba hospital, she told me doctors are planning to do a surgery for baby Abed to correct a lung problem, possibly this week. He is taking antibiotics at the moment because he has the hospital bacteria in his blood that many children get when they are there. Abed is really a small baby; you can’t see him very well in the pictures as he is often under his blanket and I’m not allowed to enter his room when I visit due to this bacteria.
Understandably, Abed’s mother is worried about him. Medical staff has reassured her they will take proper steps in the right order for Abed, lung problem or not, to the best of their ability. Please join me in prayer that she may feel God’s peace in the whole difficult situation, and will practice patience during all her time in the hospital. Abed’s little life is in God’s hands, for which I’m thankful. I hope his mother can have the same point of view.
Seeing Abed is always shocking because he is so, so small. The nurse taking care of him asked how his mother was doing with the exchange of rocket fire between Gaza and Israel, and this is very characteristic of the care of the medical staff at Sheba. They show compassion not just for the child as a patient, but for all aspects of the child’s life, and are ready and willing to treat everyone.
Abed is stable, but he is recovering after last week’s bronchoscopy which they had to do because his catheterization done previously in Gaza, a vessel was closed which stifled the blood flow to his lungs. He lived like that for two months.
It is true that there is this sense of renewed fervor for what we are doing because even with all the conflict, we are drawn together over this one little life.
I visited Abed and his mom at Sheba hospital today. She said her little boy is still intubated but stable. I was happy to hear that news after yesterday’s difficulties stabilizing him. Abed’s mother was in quite a good mood today. She has demonstrated much strength throughout Abed’s illness and subsequent surgery.
Please continue to pray for little Abed, that he may recover well and can be extubated soon.
Abed was born two months premature in the Gaza Strip, and immediately put on a respirator due to respiratory distress. After two weeks doctors were able to wean him from this breathing support, but when he was still cyanosed an echocardiogram was performed which revealed his congenital heart defect, a severe narrowing of the aorta.
Doctors have agreed to accept him for emergency transfer to Israel on Sunday.